The Earl and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden
The Earl and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden is a historical romance novel set in England in the 1790’s. It follows the story of Lizbeth Trethow and Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam. Lizbeth is a self proclaimed spinster, fiercely independent, and refuses to marry and become a man’s property. Sebastian holds five earldoms and barony, he has worked many years to rebuild what his predecessors destroyed, shrouded in a dark past, he refuses to marry for fear of hurting another person. They meet by chance in a library, both seeking refuge from a party, and find they have much in common. The start of a great friendship and so much more.
Explicit Content Warning: The first half of the book is mostly clean, there are mentions of rogue imaginations which are quickly reigned in as well as mention of erections and make out sessions. The second half of the book holds quite a bit of sex and nudity that is descriptive but not overly so and fits in well with the story.
This is not a fluffy romance by any means. There are layers and depth to the story. The characters and plot are really well thought out and the history is well researched. There are slight deviations from history as well as some creative liberties but they are done really well. The deviations and liberties don’t stick out like a sore thumb, they flow really nicely and help to emphasize the time period as well as certain aspects of the characters or the story. The story itself has no loose ends, everything ties in beautifully and nothing feels like an afterthought. There is obviously romance but there is also drama and suspense. You can almost feel the pain and the emotions of the characters.
I would recommend The Earl and The Enchantress to anyone who likes history, historical fiction, romance, or fairy tales. This is the first book in the Enchantresses series and I want to read them all, I kind of want to read this one for a second time. If you like Arthurian lore, this book could be of interest as the characters both live in places related to and take interest in the story of King Arthur. The use of the lore is blended seamlessly into the story.
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